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Trump war against Mueller will make Dem midterm turnout soar

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President Trump, it has been said, is his own best communications director. It should also be said, he may be the best communications director for Democrats.

Trump, even more than Richard Nixon, plays the politics of the enemy list. Virtually every day, Trump chooses an enemy to attack. His attacks dominate the news. This politics of enemy lists creates a growing anger and fear among voters who are disturbed by what damage this brand of politics will do to America if it continues unchecked.

For every voter in the Trump base who is motivated to vote by these attacks, even more voters who disapprove of Trump are motivated to vote.

Trump has always sought to undermine the investigation of Robert Mueller and his special counsel team. For many months, he used surrogates to spearhead the attack against Mueller, especially Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, while his former lawyers claimed he was cooperating with the investigation. Those days are over. Those lawyers are gone.

Now, Trump has put Mueller atop his enemies list. He is waging a war of political destruction against Mueller. He has deployed Rudy Giuliani, who was cheered by New Yorkers after the terror attack in September 2001 and was recently loudly booed at a New York Yankees game, to execute a crude strategy in his name.

Giuliani is an advertisement for obstruction of justice. He speaks relentlessly and aggressively to discredit and politically destroy the Mueller investigation.

One must wonder what Emmet Flood, a highly regarded attorney at a highly prestigious law firm who has joined the Trump legal team, thinks about this legal strategy of Trump and Giuliani. Will Flood be the next Trump attorney to resign?

Trump is waging a war against Mueller. When he charges that he is being victimized by a "Criminal Deep State" conspiracy, he is waging war against the Justice Department and the FBI. When he virtually stalks and hounds Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he is waging war against Sessions. When he berates and insults Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he is waging war against him.

Among the vast number of voters who have made Trump extraordinarily unpopular, these vicious attacks against bastions of American justice that Trump treats as enemies create anger, alarm and outrage.

They believe, in large numbers, that something has gone terribly wrong with America under Trump. They fear, very deeply, that something very dangerous is happening in America under Trump and Republicans who back him.

They will vote in November in huge numbers to create the check and balance against Trump that they crave and believe is not being offered by Republicans in Congress.

There is a second group whose votes are moved by Trump's war against Mueller, the Justice Department and the FBI and his transparent abuse of presidential pardons. These voters are not in the liberal or Democratic base. They are political independents and moderate Republicans, many of whom live in suburbs and small towns. Some of whom voted for Trump to "drain the swamp."

These voters ask themselves: Is Trump acting like an innocent man or a guilty man? On Election Day, a large number of them will conclude that Trump is acting like a guilty man. These voters, in large numbers, will be motivated to vote for Democrats to drain the swamp they now believe is caused by Trump and his GOP backers in Congress.

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Brent Budowsky is a regular columnist on thehill.com. He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served (more...)

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